Food & Wine

Photo recap of Premiere Napa Valley, including barrel tasting, lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, and a record-setting wine auction that raised $6 million for non-profit Napa Valley Vintners.

Napa News
Clinton Stark
02.22.2015

Annual Premiere Napa Valley wine auction again breaks record. $6 million raised, with top lot Brand Napa Valley going for $115,000, or about $1,900 per bottle.

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In Wine Country
BY | 02.20.15 VIDEO

Prepare to Napa Gras. If you notice a slight red glow over the Napa Valley tonight, chances are the source would be none other than Raymond Vineyards. There, an epic party once again kicks off the weekend here known as Premiere Napa Valley. Hosted by gregarious, well-dressed wine magnet Jean-Charles Boisset, Napa Gras is the kind […]

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Wine Country Adventure
BY | 02.11.15 VIDEO

“We ride to eat!” A look at an innovative new event that combines the best of Napa Valley with 45- and 75-mile cycling rides.

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Wine Country
BY | 02.09.15 VIDEO

Coming soon to Stark Insider: exploring the unheralded Santa Lucia Highlands AVA wine region, located a short drive South of Silicon Valley.

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In Wine Country
BY | 02.03.15

Is bud break across Napa and wine country already here? “Strange winter.” That’s how Wines & Vines’ Jane Firstenfeld described the last few months here in Northern California. With absolutely zero rainfall in San Francisco for January I’d suggest piling on some other adjectives too: bizarre, unprecedented, kooky. The L.A. Times had their own: “disturbing.” […]

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In Wine Country
BY | 02.02.15

Silicon Valley Bank reports that 2015 looks like a “breakout” year for the wine industry. Read the full report by SVB wine division founder Rob McMillan.

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Wine Markets
BY | 02.02.15

Three strong wine harvests in a row, solid financials, and 13% y/y growth that continues to beat expectations suggest overall wine industry in good shape.

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Wine Country
BY | 01.28.15

Stark Insider takes a first look at Yountville Live, with concert highlights and interviews with headliners Colbie Caillat and Matt Nathanson. Put your headphones on!

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San Francisco Wine Events
BY | 01.19.15 VIDEO

Annual Zinfandel Experience coming to San Francisco. Here’s the details, schedule and a video featuring Nadia G from Bitchin’ Kitchen.